I fucking hate Walmart but they're knocking it out of the park with groceries

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To the point where I just shop there now.

The major Canadian grocery chain, Loblaws, has lost its fucking mind and has been gouging people and jacking up prices like crazy. They also try to fight any attempted government oversight tooth and nail.

Walmart, meanwhile, complies with regulators, drops its prices, and unlike any Loblaws I go to, actually has produce and bread that doesn't mold over or rot within a few days.

Absolutely cynical corporate bullshit on Walmart's part, but hey I'll take what I can get rn
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I go to any other grocery store that isn't controlled by loblaws. The problem with them is they also get revenue from shoppers drug mart and is the pocket with Doug. So, every change gives them more money that he does. Walmart and freshco are American owned. They comply with reducing prices.
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I hate it but we do our groceries at Walmart too. We tried the local stores, but the prices are so much higher that it can't be justified.
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There are only two things that I ever buy from Walmart grocery wise.

Tofu because it's $1 cheaper than Kroger
Mozzarella balls because only Walmart has the packs of the multiple small ones. Kroger just sells baseball sized ones.
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I live in the Midwest in the US. I use Wal-mart and a local chain. I buy all my meat and fresh produce from the local chain but on national branded stuff like canned goods you cant beat Wal-mart.

Some stuff is crazy different too. Like a 24 ounce jar of Raos spaghetti sauce is like $3 difference and on the 32 ounce jar its like $7 difference. Thats absolutely crazy.
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That's the point, they're beating everyone else's shelf price & ruining the national economy

But I don't blame you for using it, if times are hard. It is a life saver too
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Yea the local grocer chain has gotten pretty bad with quality/prices/variety, especially when it comes to "fresh" produce.
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I honestly don't get the hate with Walmart. I've been going there for years and it's completely fine to me
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the wal mart around here has horrible gross produce that always looks kind of dusty somehow, but their prices for everything else are slightly closer to what the old normal used to be yeah
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The curbside pickup is a great service. Sorry mom n pop, but if you can't compete I don't have a reason to shop with you.
Let's all please just get along.
emblem-man posted...
I honestly don't get the hate with Walmart. I've been going there for years and it's completely fine to me

mostly just the type of people that shop there and how horrific they are to their employees
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emblem-man posted...
I honestly don't get the hate with Walmart. I've been going there for years and it's completely fine to me
Its that everywhere else is better. I really cant imagine living in an area that is so shit Walmart of all places has better produce
The Walmart nearest me doesn't do produce, so my husband and I don't usually go there. Thankfully it's next door to an international grocery with an excellent produce selection and a butcher, so between that and CostCo that's most of our groceries, and we only do Walmart for certain canned goods.
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You guys don't have Aldi?
metralo posted...
mostly just the type of people that shop there

Man, I can't help but feel that some of the hate is some weird "the poor people shop there".

Axiom posted...
Its that everywhere else is better. I really cant imagine living in an area that is so shit Walmart of all places has better produce
Ehh,it'll obviously depend on your area, but I've shopped at Walmarts in multiple states, as well as whole foods, sprouts, Kroger's, HEB, Central market... It's all the same man. Some will have better produce at times than others.

But maybe I'm really naive and blind to differences
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emblem-man posted...
I honestly don't get the hate with Walmart. I've been going there for years and it's completely fine to me
There was a time where they were pushing out small/local places that couldn't compete w/ them and reducing choices. So they were the villain, and I'd say justifiably.
But now the Big Bad is Amazon and other online-only sellers that will eventually put all brick and mortar out of business, so even giant conglomerates like Walmart seem less bad by comparison, b/c at least it's still a physical store you can get things in person and right away, and is employing people locally.
I think a similar "evil corp gobbling up local stores to poor embattled brick and mortar just trying to stay afloat" heel/face turn would be happening w/ Gamestop....if their management wasn't so dumb.
I was going to suggest aldi until I saw you mentioned loblaws. Yeah, Canada is fucked when it comes to groceries (and many other things).
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There was a time where they were pushing out small/local places that couldn't compete w/ them and reducing choices. So they were the villain, and I'd say justifiably.
But now the Big Bad is Amazon and other online-only sellers that will eventually put all brick and mortar out of business, so even giant conglomerates like Walmart seem less bad by comparison, b/c at least it's still a physical store you can get things in person and right away, and is employing people locally.
I think a similar "evil corp gobbling up local stores to poor embattled brick and mortar just trying to stay afloat" heel/face turn would be happening w/ Gamestop....if their management wasn't so dumb.

Yeah, I'm sure some of it is those biases from the past.

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Scardude posted...
I go to any other grocery store that isn't controlled by loblaws. The problem with them is they also get revenue from shoppers drug mart and is the pocket with Doug. So, every change gives them more money that he does. Walmart and freshco are American owned. They comply with reducing prices.
if I didn't get my prescription from a shoppers around the corner from my house i'd never set foot in one again

those fucking assholes wanted $10.99 for a fucking jar of peanut butter.

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That's the point, they're beating everyone else's shelf price & ruining the national economy

But I don't blame you for using it, if times are hard. It is a life saver too
Canada's national economy deserves to be ruined if they can't compete.

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I finally found some Gold Peak Peach Iced Tea.
at the Walmart near my new place.

I hurt both shoulders reaching to the back of the fridge, but I scored 7 bottles
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Food Basics is still pricing okay, thankfully. Loblaws has completely lost the plot.
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